Be Inspired to Write Your Book!
We all have a book in us and some of us have a series!
The question is if you answer that inner call from the writer in you – or not.
I’ve heard from so many who say they want to write and have so many ideas but their list of fears and/or excuses outweigh their list of story ideas.
Well, I have a few suggestions.
First let me share that I too had a book knocking at my brain, or on my hat actually. It was one of Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats that was poking me, teasing me, and constantly reminding me that hello – there are a whole series of stories in here – get to your laptop, take up your pen!
I paused in beginning to write the Tilda books because they were TOTALLY outside of my genre.
I write Southern stories like Tumbleweeds and the soon to be revealed Chocolate Gravy. I also write self-help books for survivors of trauma.
But a fantasy series about an amazing woman who makes magical hats?
Ah… who in my audience will understand that and BUY a copy?
Despite the constant hounding of the stories in me, telling me to write them down already – I had to have some real long discussions with myself.
Those discussions apply to you and your inner writer too!
Every time you have a voice pop into your head with whatever fear, excuse, or delay in your creativity, here is what to do:
Switch It and Write.
I don’t have time to write. SWITCH - I make time to write.
Who will read this book? SWITCH – The stories want to be released, they will find an audience, and otherwise they would not be pestering me like this!
You don’t make money on a book unless it’s erotica or about vampires. SWITCH – These stories don’t care about money, it’s my duty to let them live free, on the page. I don’t let money stop my creativity.
I don’t know where to start. SWITCH – My characters tell me where to start, stop and continue.
This book is unlike anything I’ve ever done. SWITCH – I’m so grateful these stories chose me to come through. They are a blessing.
I’m not a writer. SWITCH – We are all writers and we all have a story. I’m grateful for mine.
You get the idea.
The point is to write.
When you do, little miracles show up you were not expecting.
Had I not listened to the Tilda stories and guided them to the page, I would not have seen the beaming faces of the young kids who love her, telling me how they are making their own hats now.
I would not have heard from the elderly woman who read them and loved them so much she is leaving me her entire hat collection – and what a collection she has!
You never know who will show up as readers, so just write.